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  1. #1
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    Default Garrison Point white warning light for big ship movement in the Medway

    Peel Ports have issued a notice that the flashing white warning light on top of Garrison Point for big ships going in or out of the Medway is now working again.

    The Traffic Warning Light is positioned to assist vessels in complying with General Direction No. 10, Navigation of Vessels of more Than 130 Metres length Overall Between Sunset and Sunrise and in Restricted Visibility. The Traffic Warning Light is a white light that flashes every seven seconds and is normally exhibited by day and by night as follows;
    • When an inward bound vessel of more than 130 metres Length Overall is underway in the buoyed channel between the Medway Buoy and Darnett Ness the lights are exhibited in an upriver direction.
    • When an outward bound vessel of more than 130 metres Length Overall is underway in the buoyed channel between Darnett Ness and the Medway Buoy the lights are exhibited in a seaward direction.
    Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS” or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650.
    If my foresight was as good as my hindsight, I would be a multi-millionaire.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Garrison Point white warning light for big ship movement in the Medway

    Interesting, this one.
    I'd always thought this was a useful safety feature for us in small boats. As time passed it seemed less and less likely that it would ever work again. And of course Medway VTS is manned and operated out of Liverpool.
    So last week I wrote to Peel Ports praising the light's virtues and asking when or if it would ever be fixed.
    They didn't answer but their NtM announcing it is working again appeared a few days later.............
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    Default Re: Garrison Point white warning light for big ship movement in the Medway

    Quote Originally Posted by Cantata View Post
    Interesting, this one.
    I'd always thought this was a useful safety feature for us in small boats. As time passed it seemed less and less likely that it would ever work again. And of course Medway VTS is manned and operated out of Liverpool.
    So last week I wrote to Peel Ports praising the light's virtues and asking when or if it would ever be fixed.
    They didn't answer but their NtM announcing it is working again appeared a few days later.............
    I think you can probably take 75% of the credit for that then Dick!

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    Default Re: Garrison Point white warning light for big ship movement in the Medway

    Seeing large vessels invisible round bends and harbour moles is one of the useful features of AIS.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Garrison Point white warning light for big ship movement in the Medway

    It would be nice to think that you "got it fixed." However, apparently it has been working for some time, but with no means of remotely switching it on and off. I couldn't get to last weeks MSBA meeting, but it was reported by Peel Ports at a previous meeting that they were trying to get it operational from Liverpool.

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    Default Re: Garrison Point white warning light for big ship movement in the Medway

    It had been out of action for about 18 months IIRC and many people doubted PP’s commitment to get it working remotely.
    Pleased that doubts turned out to be unfounded. Not exactly high on their priority list though, was it! And I haven’t had the courtesy of a reply to my polite message to them, either.

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